Meet the Team

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Fintan Galvin
Founder & CEO

Fintan is the founder / owner of iO1 the company behind Invotra.  He has a passion for delivery and keeping things focussed and connected.  

With over 25 years in enterprise technology he has a vast array of knowledge in getting large scales systems developed and deployed out to the people that count.

Jonnie Russell
Founder & CTO

Over the past 20 years Jonnie has worked for organisations such as T-Mobile, Bank of Ireland and TUI, where he has been responsible for the development of a range of complex systems.His expertise lies in highly secure large-scale interfaces and embedded systems development, having developed an embedded mail system for set-top-boxes back in 1994 and worked on SSL/SET E-Commerce Solution for Secure Internet Payments in 1998.From there he went on to develop the secure transfer application between Allied Irish Bank and Goodbody Stock Brokers for online trading. Other systems he has developed include MMS Gateway's, Cobol to Java Bridge, B2B Fruit Trading platform, online reporting system for a major bank, synchronisation framework for an integrated security alerts system and countless corporate websites. He developed an award winning web application development tool for the Java / XML applications.

Portrait of Alison Galvin
HR Director

Alison has been iO1's Financial Director since its incorporation 10 years ago, and played a integral role in successfully growing the company. She is responsible for the daily operations of the business and uses her multi-sector experience to provide much needed skills in management and business. Previous organisations worked for included Koch Industries, Sunoco Inc and TUI. Now as HR Director of Invotra, Alison is looking forward to the very exciting times ahead. Alison is responsible for driving the successful apprenticeship program within the company.

Portrait of Paul Zimmerman
COO

Paul, a director of Invotra, has been at the forefront of the UK ecommerce and Internet economy since he joined a small (back then anyway) company called Amazon in 1999. Having served Amazon, Play.com, Firebox and a host of other ecommerce companies along the way, he has a strong understanding of what it takes to build consumer-centric platforms and companies. He also, like everyone at Invotra, has great legs.

Portrait of Sinead Hunt
Client Director

Sinead has been with iO1, Invotra's group parent company since 2011 and takes pride in firmly bridging the gap between the client & tech over the years, forming strong professional relationships as a result. With a genuine focus on engagement & user experience, Sinead has worked hard as part of the far-reaching team that have taken Invotra to where it is today, & remains incredibly passionate about Invotra making a genuine difference to users on a daily basis, adding value and being innovative at all times.

Born & raised in Ireland & a graduate of Smurfit Business School, UCD, Sinead has lived & worked in Oman, Middle East & Botswana, Southern Africa.In 2016, after almost 9 years in the UK, she relocated to the US with Invotra. She's beginning to wonder if there's gypsy blood in there somewhere....

Invotra Lead Developer John
Lead Developer

John has been with iO1 for five years and is the lead developer on all Drupal work. John is a member of the Drupal.org Security Team and well known within the Drupal community as one of the highest quality Drupal coders in the world. He is obsessive about the quality of code that we deliver and personally reviews all major commits.

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Lead Developer

Damian is an enterprise Drupal Developer with over 10 years of experience as a Drupal Teach Lead and Drupal Consultant. Damian has worked for many high profile clients such as Capgemini, ITV, EE, Times Educational Supplement, Toyota, Time Warner, Bauer publishing and Endemol.

Damian leads the development team at Invotra, helping to ensure we consistently deliver a quality product to our clients. He's a qualified teacher, and runs the Drupal Training programme for new Drupal Developers at Invotra. Damian is an active member of the Drupal community in the North East, and runs demos on our behalf at monthly Drupal meet ups in Newcastle. 

Nqobile Dube
Technical Services Manager

Nqobile joined iO1 in May 2011 as a Software Developer Apprentice.He soon found that he was not a Software Developer and more of a Sys Admin.He still finds himself getting involved in some non Sys Admin work i.e Drupal related tasks which has lead to him being a Technical Services Manager. Meaning he has knowledge in two areas that are essential for getting new features and projects live.

Portrait of Luke Parry
Development Lead

Luke joined iO1 in 2012 as an apprentice software developer. During the course of his apprenticeship he worked with the development/project teams to deliver enterprise web sites built on a Drupal platform. Upon completion of his apprenticeship in April 2013, and since the birth of Invotra, he has been heavily involved in the analysis and implementation of product requirements across a number of client projects.

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Senior Developer

Programmer, designer, systems manager, blended with a systems architect and a dollop of a researcher. Worked in both the industry and academia, with more than 20 years of experience. A drupal grey-beard.

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Product Manager

Billy started at iO1 in 2011 as an apprentice, joining via QA as a software developer.

Quickly realised with Fins' help that he wasn't a software developer, although officially a contributor to Drupal 8 ;).

He then went down the consulting route and never looked back, gaining rapid knowledge in Drupal and sitebuilding which led to becoming the product manager for Invotra.

Self-proclaimed Invotra table tennis champion.

Great legs.

Head of Sales

Ben joined Invotra in October 2016 and is responsible for driving revenue across the direct and partner sales teams. His background is in technology, with 10 years’ experience of working with global technology firms such as Symantec, CSC, Vodafone and Gartner.

Over the past 3 years, amongst other things Ben has worked in the digital workplace arena as a Microsoft accredited external O365 consultant, with a specific focus on change management and SharePoint. He is now very excited by the opportunities that an open source world holds and how it will change perceptions of the modern intranet.

Outside of work, Ben spends most of his time with his wife and 2 sons and enjoys cooking, running, drawing and painting when he’s got time.

Much funnier in real life than the bio (honest).

Sam Loving
Operations Manager

A PRINCE2 Practitioner, Sam has worked closely with HOIT Project Management team and successfully led Home Office through their Invotra onboarding process.

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Head of Marketing

Lisa joined Invotra in July 2016 after 10 years working in a variety of projects across the marketing mix.

A blend of creative, marketing and pure geek, she's spent a number of years lurking in the grey area between communications and digital, looking after a diverse range of internal and external websites.

Android (not Apple); bacon (tasty), cranes (science + progress).

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Accounts

With over 15 years of experience running the finances for a number of SME’s, Erica has recently joined the Invotra team to take over the day to day running of the accounts.  She looks forward to bringing her expertise in advising and implementing appropriate internal financial controls to Invotra. 

Believing that 50 is the new 30, she has thrown herself into a number of physical and psychological challenges this year and looks forward to adding table tennis to her skill set!

Portrait of Jamie Garrett
Key Accounts Manager

Jamie initially joined Invotra as a software developer back in 2013. His strong technical acumen, coupled with his outgoing and personable nature ensured he the natural choice to lead Invotra's Learning & Development programme.

He is genuinely passionate about Invotra and takes pride in ensuring all users are fully equipped with the knowledge required to use the platform efficiently, and to maximum benefit. From an online Help site, to certification courses and practical exams, to online videos and interactive learning - the ideas never stop!

When the Account Team expanded, Jamie was a natural choice.  His product knowledge and personable nature made him the perfect fit.  His accounts include the Home Office and HMRC.

Portrait of Stephanie Robinson
Learning and Development Lead

Steph has recently joined Invotra from a background in education. She began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language then spent 8 years teaching teenagers history in a secondary school. After a career break to raise her young children and a short spell as a childminder shaping very young minds, she is excited to be coming back to the adult world! She is keen to use her skills to help everyone at Invotra, and our customers, to access, understand and enjoy using our product and get the most out of our digital workspace.

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Account Manager

A Graduate of an MSc. in Project Management from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School UCD.

Recently she has completed projects in conjunction with IBM, Marie Keating Foundation and LiveMon a South African environmental monitoring firm. In the last 4 months Rachael also completed a case study on Agile implementation in the technology SME environment.

Rachael came to Invotra because she was attracted by our innovative and forward thinking environment and the ambition to become the largest provider of intranets.

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Test Manager

Chelsea works closely with the development team/business analysts to execute test cases in order to validate development output. Test cases are automated using Selenium where possible, or executed manually.

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Junior Developer

Ed has recently joined Invotra having studied various aspects of computing at university.  He has joined as a Software Developer apprentice and is rapidly getting to grips with Invotra while looking to broaden his knowledge on technical and non technical aspects of software.  

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Junior Product Specialist

Andrew recently gained A-level qualifications including computer science but decided to take a more practical route to work through an apprenticeship.

With no prior experience in the IT industry other than his A-Level, he started his career in Software Development before moving into our product team.

He's fast become our in-house expert on accessibility, and recently won Apprentice of the Year at the SME Surrey Business Awards. 

Portrait of Max Lovric
Junior Developer

Having spent most of my life studying and working very long hours in a role I didn’t really have a passion for, I decided I needed a change. At college, the opportunity to do computing was taken away from me, due to lack of interest.  I love music technology and after agreeing to create my parent's business website using Wordpress, I discovered a real passion for development in the front-end side of things that I had never found in anything before.

Since then I never looked back.  I taught myself HTML, CSS, Javascript and Ruby, mainly through the Ruby on Rails framework and gathering work experience with the dev department at a London law firm. I also decided to start making my SaaS online community application.  

After being offered an Software Developer Apprentice position with Invotra, I can safely say it's one of the best things that could have happened to me.  I have learnt so much already and now  know what it feels like to work in a team.

  

 

Portrait of Lindsay Macvean
Tester
Before arriving at Invotra as a Tester, Lindsay had a varied career.  He had worked in Sales & Marketing within the software sector.  
He was part of a team raising awareness for the CoderDojo foundation and also worked on the marketing of prototype facial recognition software. 
Lindsay joined Invotra in Dec 2015.  He believes in the work that Invotra is doing and loves the young and vibrant culture.  He backs the company commitment to opensource technology and says it should be the 'ethical bedrock of all modern software companies'.
Making a change from marketing and sales in order to get a deeper understanding of the technical side of the software business is a challenge he is excited about.
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Graduate Developer

John joined Invotra in our Newcastle office, after studying computing at Northumbria University.

A graduate developer, he is currently learning Invotra and the Drupal platform, while also building on the development skills he gained in university.

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Creative Lead

Brendan has spent over 15 years working with large retail, luxury property, corporate and automotive brands. 

Having made the transition from ink and paper to screen and pixels, Brendan now works closely with the Product design, Marketing and Training teams applying UI and visual design skills and principals  to produce engaging user experiences and effective communication. 

He also acts as guardian of the visual brand identity and ensure all creative output across all channels adhere to the brand guidelines.

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Apprentice Project Manager

Ross left college in the summer of 2015 after studying media, history and personal finance. Working part time at Sainsbury's during his college years, he took a full time position as Team leader on the grocery department after college. 

He joined Invotra in Jan 2016 as an Apprentice Project Manager. It's the stepping stone he needed to enter the working world, while gaining a qualification and experience. He aims to complete his apprenticeship with flying colours while continuing to make a positive impact on the company and his work colleagues.

Ross is also a qualified football referee.